Why this?

The occasional piece of my own and a generous helping of others' creations I find inspiring. Site is named for a beloved book by one of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, whose fanciful work lights--and delights--my soul.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The idealized America

"The idealized America envisioned by Hirsch--one shored up by the deliberate revival of old and new traditions--would be one in which poems were part of the civility and pleasure of the dining table, in which guests and hosts staged impromptu readings, in which poems could usefully and naturally be worked into a conversation about any thing at all. Is such a culture so far from possible?" --Tony Hoagland

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